CrackingThere are two things to consider when you see a crack in your parking lot. The first is determining if this is an isolated incident. Take a look at where the cracks are located on the asphalt. Is it near the edge of the lot or in the center? Also, what pattern is the crack? The other thing to keep in mind is if you see areas of crack filling throughout the space. These can be obvious because there are strips of asphalt that look darker than the rest of the lot. An asphalt paving contractor probably applied those to treat cracks. Suppose you see a large number of these areas in your pavement. In that case, that may be an indication of worse damage below the surface, and you should call in a professional immediately for an evaluation of the entire asphalt lot. Cracks can be severe if left untreated, so make sure to save yourself a headache down the road by figuring out the issues ahead of time.
Defects and DeformationWhen looking over your asphalt parking lot, it is wise to note anything that looks off in any way. For example, you may see one area of the lot crumbling or asphalt flaking while the rest looks fine. Although it may not seem like a big deal to the untrained eye, these defects or deformities can mean something is wrong with how the asphalt was initially applied. If not done correctly the first time, your parking lot will require asphalt services well before you would expect. Some defects and deformation indicative of needed repairs are:
- Asphalt potholes
- Peeling near curbs